Do Not Kill Registry – 2012

The Do Not Kill Registry was a speculative fiction created in 2012 in response to the public revelation that there was a national ‘Kill List‘ used by the U.S. executive branch to evaluate targets for the drone program. The project plays on the existence of the ‘Do Not Call Registry’, a public database used by Americans to bar advertisers from calling them on their personal phones.

The National Agency for Ethical Drone-Human Interactions, the fictional agency created for the project, promised to prevent individuals’ names from being placed on the national kill list if they participated in the Do Not Kill Registry, and offers general advice for staying safe from drone attacks. Thousands of individuals signed up over the duration of the project.

Press coverage of the Do Not Kill Registry can be read below:

“‘Do Not Kill Registry’ spoofs Obama’s terrorist ‘kill list'” (USA Today)

“Looking to avoid Obama’s drone ‘kill list’? Add yourself to ‘do not kill registry’, satirical site says” (The Star)

“National ‘Do Not Kill Registry’ Launched In Response To Drone Kill List” (Slashdot)